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16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 6.96%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Store ]

1535 Dresden Row
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3T1
Canada
phone: (902) 435-6945

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @premierwineshfx

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(Place added by: Mandrake on 03-16-2006)
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

The only beer store I visited in Halifax. No reason to go anywhere else that I can see. Premier Wine & Spirits is a good sized liquor store with about 25-30% of its floor space dedicated to beer.

Since I was just visiting, my main interest was to find Canadian beers that I can not get at home. On this score, I did very well. A few offerings from the local Garrison Brewery, some excellent beers from Microbrasserie Charlevoix (which I had never heard of previously) and some Propeller beers were on hand. I picked up a representative selection to pack in my luggage.

Beyond Canadian beers, there was a fine slection of Belgian and German imports and some US imports as well. North Coast and Lagunitas travel a long way to get here.

Service could not have been nicer on both of my visits. I would happily shop here anytime.

HV

09-19-2011 18:19:53 | More by sholland119
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

The bottle selection in NS is fairly limited, so it is hard to rate bottle shops in Halifax given their limitations. This place has a decent beer selection with all of the locals and a great selection of DDC. There are also a bew Belgians and limited US beer from the likes of Anderson Valley, Moylans, Bruery (very pricey) and Brooklyn. The place is clean and well organized and the staff seemed helpful. I left without buying a single bottle as I much prefer drinking the locals on tap at the bars. Prices in general were high, especially the DDC stuff, but I think a lot of that has to do with most of the interesting stuff being imported from other provinces/countries.

06-09-2014 21:32:03 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

Premier Wines is a really neat little bottle shop, and I'd recommend it to folks visiting the city. The selection is not huge by American standards, but makes up for this in the quality of the offerings. Both the local Halifax breweries are represented in great strength, with large and small size formats available for practically everything. I picked up a mixed six of Garrison beers, as well as their award-winning Imperial Pale Ale, and the award-winning Propleller IPA and pilsner. A number of Sam Smith's beers are carried, and I selected the India Ale and Taddy Porter. You'll also find a good selection of Rogue (including Shakespeare Stout, Mocha Porter, Hazelnut Nectar), and Flying Dog (Road Dog and Horn Dog). An assortment of Belgians rounds everything off. The service was very helpful and friendly, and we had a nice chat and I got some good wine recs off them. For a wine store, their knowledge of beer should be applauded, and they were familiar with all the products and were able to help me select some fantastic brews.

I'll definitely revisit when I'm next in town.

06-10-2008 15:12:02 | More by bobsy
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

One of my first stops on my recent trip to Halifax to grab some local brews. The shop had all the stuff I was looking for and the prices were quite fair. All the locals were here along with a fair bit of imports and stuff from all over Canada. The man working knew what he was talking about and gave me a fair bit of attention. This was by far the best liquor store I found in Halifax and I don't see any reason to shop anywhere else in the city. My girl even found some great cider that we drank in the Public Gardens just up the road good times

10-10-2010 00:02:01 | More by wordemupg
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

As we rolled up on this place, parking was a bit of a drag, but we eventually found a spot on the street as somone pulled out. Located in a great area, near the Citadel and Rouges Roost. Great location for tourists like me that want to stay in the heart of the city.

As I walked in I first noticed the huge amount of natural sunlight penetrating this place. Not good for the beer and I really feel somthing should be done to resolve this. Beer is kind of scattered around in several spots of the store. The singles selection is pretty large, but right next to a large window. Also the Rouge usa brews were pretty big, I think they had all of them.

Prices on the bombers were god, comparible to the US. The cooler items of Propeller and Garrison were a bit more spendy then one would pay from the brewery. The fridge also had alot of light hitting it.
I grabbed a bottle of Ol' Foghorn, a few sings and a couple 6'ers. The end price was a bit spendy, but well worth the beer I recieved.

The shop itself was very clean and tidy, no dirt on the floors, smelled clean. The 2 gentlemen working the store were eager to help and johnny on the spot at the register, not making anyone stand and wait.
I also noticed a 6 pack of cold Peche Mortel for $17 canadian. Not a bad price, as it would be about $15 or so us for 6 bottles. Here in MN a 12 ounce bottle of pech goes for around $8

I recommend a visit here if you are in the area.

08-07-2009 17:10:40 | More by Buebie
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Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

This is one of four privately owned "specialty" liquor stores that were opened several years ago in Nova Scotia. Thay carry a great selection of American craft beers which are, to my knowledge, not availiable anywhere else in the province. They also carry a number of different imported beers from a variety of countries, and have a good stock of locally brewed micros. In total I would guess that they carry something in the region of 75 different craft beers, along with wine and liqueurs. I visited in the morning, and was the only customer at the time. The employees noticed that I was carrying a large number of bottles, and promptly offered to get me a case to carry them, while joking that it looked like I was in for a heck of a night. The store is well laid out and has a good environment, but is a bit out of the way. I think that you'd have to be looking for it to have a real chance to find it, but it's worth seeking out. Possibly the best store to buy beer at in the province.

03-16-2006 15:26:50 | More by Mandrake
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MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

In my opinion, the best specialty liquor shop in Halifax. They have a good selection of beers, including Rouge, Flying Dog, and Shipyard for American micros, as well as Big Rock, Brick, and Wild Rose for Canadian Micros. They also house all Halifax micros, and a large selection of Belgians. If you're interested in euro-asian, macros they have those too.They also have a large selection of liquors.

The service has always been polite and eager to serve you. I recommend all Nova Scotia BA's pay a stop here, it fills part of the void left by the terrible NSLC selection.

11-13-2006 01:31:27 | More by MMansfield
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

I finally visited this place after passing it many a time. I'm smacking myself for not shopping here sooner. It's a very open-concept store, shelves against the walls with a few displays in between. Gives you the feeling that you can browse freely, without the constraining, utilitarian feeling of many other liquor stores.
The staff were polite and helpful, but never overbearing. Apologized profusely when the cashier found she had run out of six-pack boxes to put my selection in. Double-bagged my purchase just in case. A nice touch many other places I've been would not bother with.
The selection is not as big as some stores I have heard or read of, but for Halifax it's exceptional. The actual bottle count may be lower than the larger NSLC stores, but the range and quality is exponentially larger. Many Quebec breweries were represented, with a great selection of Unibroue and Brasserie Dieu du Ciel. Local micros were also well represented, as were a few US breweries. Lots of selection for me to go back and try. I'll certainly be returning.
The only caveat is that the single bottle prices are a little on the high side. But given the quality of selection, I don't begrudge the prices at all.

10-17-2008 18:23:17 | More by nighthawk
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Don't know why I haven't reviewed this place yet. It's the single most important place to visit when in Halifax on a beer trip. It's under a government specialty program to import different beers - bypassing the NSLC.

The service is great, employees know their information on beer and wine and they have a vast interest in the subject while also being kind and catering.

Selection is outstanding in relation to the NSLC. The staff constinatly searches for new breweries to add to the list of selection and distributes all the locals beers from Garrison and Propeller.

Since they order small quantities, the prices are higher than what you normally expect, but it's the price you pay for selection.

If you are in Halifax, you need to go here.

05-11-2010 00:25:36 | More by Long813
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AnakinVader

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-10-2014 17:06:42 | More by AnakinVader
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